Have you recently been informed by Council that your land may be contaminated and requires further investigations? You may have heard the terms PSI’s and DSI’s thrown about but unsure what they mean? Well look no further – here we break down what the investigations are all about and help you determine which one is right for you.Details
Collection and analysis of soil samples from a property prior to purchase is becoming routine but how reliable are these pre-purchase assessments? A common misconception is that a reasonable assessment regarding the contamination status of a property can be done with just a couple of samples.Details
It’s the exasperated cry we hear every day. The realities of project deadlines, funding requirements, spiralling interest payments, contractor availability and basic human psychology dictate that everyone needs their resource consent as fast as humanly possible.Details
Are you looking at developing your property? Have you had orchards, vineyards, market gardens or growing houses on your property?
There are a few ways that you can get caught out when applying for subdivision consent if you have had any horticultural practices on your land.
It’s one of the ancient truths of planning – you can solve a lot of problems by some carefully placed plants. Does your development overlook a neighbour? Some pittosporum on the boundary could screen that neighbour! Is your garage within a front yard? A rewarewa tree could soften those dominance effects! Need to remove…Details
Relationships with neighbours can be a very strange beast. Unless your neighbour shares your interest in hairless cats and Viking metal, or unless you have both managed to keep a pleasantly low profile (nice work for avoiding the social awkwardness that exists between two unrelated people who have nothing in common, besides sharing a boundary!),…Details
“Make sure you and your tenants are covered. Health and safety legislation around asbestos requirements must be implemented by April 2018” New health and safety legislation that came into effect in 2015 has a requirement that needs to be implemented by April 2018; that PCBU’s understand and document all asbestos within their buildings. A PCBU under…Details
Have you been asked for a Landscape and Visual Assessment by Council? Or has your planner told you that you’ll need one for your Resource Consent Application? Understanding what a Landscape and Visual Assessment is the first step in knowing why you have been asked to provide one as part of your Resource Consent Application.…Details
People created a cross lease as a low-cost way of having more than one house on a piece of land. The land won’t be fully subdivided and instead all house owners jointly own the land. Typically, they have areas allocated to them for their exclusive use. What’s different about a cross lease? What’s different about…Details
In 2011 and again in 2013 we had opportunity to sponsor wells in Cambodia to provide clean water to villages that did not have secure and clean water supplies. The water supplies in Cambodia often get affected by flood waters or soil contamination. Arsenic occurs naturally in the soils in some places there.Details
Thomas Consultants, an Auckland-based land development, civil engineering, planning and environmental consultancy, has proved that small actions can make a big impact on business growth. The organisation was acknowledged with a 2017 Westpac Business Excellence Award in the ‘Strategy and Planning’ category, the company’s fourth business award in its 15 year history.Details